z/OS Entry Level Console Operations




Hardware Mgt Console (HMC)

Load LPAR using load profile


Initial Program Load (IPL)

Dismount Duplicate volume

Specify System Parameters

WTOR to Change Time

Locate Master Console Address

Uncommon Error Messages

PLPA and Logrec Data Sets

Setting Slip Traps

Multi Line WTO's

Specify JES2 Startup Options

Checkpoint Confirmation

Startup Modes for JES2

Change Master Console to Roll Delete

VTAM Initialization

Display Outstanding WTOR's

Initialize JES2/VTAM Interface


Contention on Production Batch

Start and Stop Initiators

Display Conflicts

Job Waiting for Data Sets

Cancel Job


Command Review

Display Active List

Display MVS Consoles

Vary Device Online

Cancel TSO User ID

Display Matrix

Display Program Function Keys

Display SMF

Display DASD Device Status

Display Unit Allocation

Display LPAR Date & Time

Display IPL Information


WTO Buffer Shortage Drill

Relieving a Shortage Situation


Manual Shutdown & Startup

Commands for Shutdown

Commands for Startup



z/OS Intermediate Level Console Operations




Hardware Mgt Console (HMC)

Manual load of LPAR

Specify load address and load parameter


Automated IPL

z/OS Automation Explained


Spool Full Situation

Display and Monitor Spool Percentage

Receive and correct JES2 Spool full condition


SVC Dump

Take Console or SVC Dump


Vary Device

Vary a Volume Offline


Restricting TSO Logons

Set Usermax Level to Zero

Set Usermax Level Back to Default


Linklist Look Aside

Refresh LLA


Changing Device Attributes

Mount DASD as Private from Storage


Send TSO Message

Send a TSO Logon Message


Command Review

Display Matrix

DevServ Command

Vary Path Offline

Configure CHPID Offline

Recover a Console

Grant Master Console Authority


Command Review

Display Major Nodes

Display TSO Terminals

Display Logical Unit

Bounce a Node

Identify Page and Swap Data Sets

Display MPF Command

Display GRS Command


Manual Shutdown & Startup Review

Commands for Shutdown

Commands for Startup



z/OS Advanced Level Console Operations




Hardware Mgt Console (HMC)

Manual load of LPAR

Specify load address and load parameter

Troubleshoot Disabled Wait State

Reload the LPAR with Correct Load Address

Troubleshoot Disabled Console Condition

Access HMC Operational Messages

Recover Master Console via HMC DCF


Initial Program Load (IPL)

Specify JES2 COLD Start



Display Command Prefixes Across SYSPLEX



Reset Job Performance


Use SDSF to Issue JES2 Commands, zO/S

(MVS) Commands and to Perform Various

SDSF Functions.


SDSF ULOG Commands

Display Spool Output

Change a Job Mask

Display Job Initiators

Display Active Batch Jobs

Display Execution Queue

Display all Active Tasks

Display Active Users and Tasks

Display Batch Jobs

Use MVS Display Command

Purging Output


SDSF Customization


Customizing a Column Layout

SDSF Using all Systems in the Plex

Sort by Columns


SDSF PR Option

Display Printer Functions

Display Job Waiting for Print/Punch



SDSF JES2 Initiator Display





Display Outstanding Replies Across SYSPLEX



Sysplex for z/OS Console Operators


SYSPLEX Operational Overview





Hardware Mgt Console (HMC)

Manual load of LPAR

Specify load address and load parameter

Automated IPL of a z/OS System



Display Cross System Facility

Display Participating Systems & Status

Display Pathin Information

Display Pathout Information



Display Coupling Facilities

Display Matrix for a CHPID


SYSPLEX Console Commands

Display Console Groups

Display Master Console

Filter Console Messages

Display all Consoles

Reset Console to accept all Messages

Messages from selected Systems



Display SYSPLEX Timer (ETR)


SYSPLEX Structures

Display Structures

Display a Specific Structure

Display Checkpoint

Display Couple Data Sets

Display ARM Policy

Display Jobs and Tasks using ARM



Display Systems Defined to GRS

Display System Communication

Display System Conflicts

Display Active IODF in a dataset

Display IPL Information

Display Command Prefixes



CICS for z/OS Console Operators


CICS Operational Overview




HMC Load and Automated IPL


Warm Start CICS

Start CICS in Auto mode

Encounter CICS Startup Error messages


Cold Start CICS

Cold Start CICS


DB2 Connections

Check CICS connections  to DB2


File Status

Check status of files

Enable a file

Open a file


CICS Connections

Check CICS connections

Put connection in service

Acquire a connection


Display Tasks

Display current tasks


Purge Tasks

Display Tasks

Purge a task

Force purge a task


Display Transactions

Display defined CICS transactions

Enable a transaction

Display one transaction

Disable a transaction



Display Tclasses



Shutdown CICS

Shutdown CICS immediately



DB2 for z/OS Console Operators


DB2 Operational Overview

DB2 Subsystems and Address Spaces

System Messages and Commands

DB2 Databases




HMC Load and Automated IPL


DB2 Startup

Display Active Lists

Display DB2 Command Prefixes

Start DB2


CICS Connections

Activate DB2/CICS Attachment Facility


DB2 Databases

Display Databases

Override Command Response Limit

Stop a Database

Verify Stop

Start Database


DB2 Shared Environment

Display all DB2s Sharing Databases

Display Status of DB2 Lock Managers


DB2 Threads

Display Active Threads

Cancel Threads


Shutdown of DB2 Subsystem

Stop DB2

Verify shutdown

Shutdown using Force Paramenter

Restart DB2



IMS for z/OS Console Operators


IMS Operational Overview




HMC Load and Automated IPL


Start IMS

IMS Start Modes


IMS Lines

Display Line

Stop Line

Verify Line Stopped

Restart Line


Display Active

Display Active Command


IMS Transactions

Display Transaction with a queue count

Display Stopped Transactions

Start Transaction


IMS Users

Display User ID

Start User

Verify User Started


IMS Regions

Stop Region with Abdump

Verify Region Status

Restart Region


IMS Databases

Display IMS Databases

Stop Database

Restart Database


Shutdown IMS

Stop IMS



VTAM for z/OS Console Operators


VTAM Operational Overview

VTAM and it's associated SNA protocol

Systems Messages and Commands

Physical and Logical Units




HMC Load and Automated IPL


VTAM Startup

Start VTAM

Verify VTAM activation

Verification of Major Node Activation


VTAM Display Commands

Display a Network Resource

Display a VTAM Line

Display a Logical Unit


VTAM Vary Commands

Activate an LU

Verify Activation of LU


VTAM Major Nodes

Display all Major Nodes

Display Major Nodes with a limit

Display Specific Major Node


VTAM Troubleshooting

Display Pending VTAM Connections



MIM for z/OS Console Operators


MIM Operational Overview




HMC Load and Automated IPL


Startup of Multi Image Manager

Start MIM


Display Systems

Display Systems in the MIMPLEX


Display Connections

Display Channel to channel connection


MIM Troubleshooting

Display Conflict

Display Resource Contention


MIM Tape Control

Display Tape

Display a global device


MIM Vary Commands

Vary Tape Drive Off

Vary Tape Drive Offline

Display status of tape drive


MIM Master System

Migrate Master System

Display systems to verify move


Free System From Control File

Free System from MIMPLEX

Display systems to verify free


Shutdown MIM

Stop MIM

Verify MIM Task has Ended



ThruPut Manager for z/OS Console Operators


TPM Operational Overview

What is Thru-Put Manager

Functional Components

Message Format

Command Format

Analyzer Intiator awareness




HMC Load and Automated IPL


Startup of ThruPut Manager

Start Thru-Put Manager


TPM Options

Determine TPM Controls


JBS - Job Binding Services

Display Binding Agents

Display Jobs w/ JBS Dependencies

Display Dependencies for a Job

Release a Job from JBS Control

Determine Cause of Slow Batch Stream


JLS - Job Limiting Services

Display Limiting Agents

Set Upper Limit

Release a Job from JLS Control

Reset Upper Limit

Verify limit change


DCS - Dataset Contention Services

Check Job Status

Display Datasets Involved in Enqueues

Display Jobs in Hold State



JOB Services

Display Controls Being Used on a Job



HMC Overview for z/OS Console Operators


HMC Operational Entry Level Overview




Access the HMC Application using the HMC Web Server Interface

Identify and Navigate the three (3) main areas of the HMC Windows environment

Identify and navigate the HMC icons and objects 

Understand the functionality of basic HMC icons and objects

Logoff cleanly from the HMC Web Based Interface



HMC for z/OS Console Operators


HMC Operational Entry Level Overview




Start the Hardware Management Console (HMC) application on the OS/2 desktop

Log into the HMC application and understand log on authority levels

Check hardware status using the HMC

Display and select activation profiles for hardware resources

Understand terms such as LPAR, IOCDS, CPC, Image, CF, etc.

Activate CPCs and Images

IPL using Load Profiles

IPL without using Load Profiles

Check hardware exceptions and messages

Examine storage allocations across all LPARs

Understand LPAR weights and processor capping

Examine CHPID errors reported by the HMC

Turn on and monitor the HMC System Activity Display (SAD)

Perform a Reset Normal on an Image

Lock an object from mistaken disruption

Properly log off from the HMC application



CA-7 for z/OS Operators and Anaylsts


CA-7 Operational Overview

What is CA-7?

Monitoring Batch Workloads

What is a Batch Schedule?





CA-7 List/Display Commands

Display Failed Jobs

List Ready Queue

List all Queue's

Locate a Failed Job

List Scheduled Jobs with JCL Overrides

List Specific Jobs

Display Job History

Display CA-7 Libraries


CA-7 Queue Maintenance

Access Queue Maintenance

Display Outstanding Job Requirements

Restart a Job

Force Completion of Job

Access Abbreviated Queue Maintenance

Manual Hold on a Batch Job

Release Hold on Batch Job


CA-7 JCL Updates

Update and Override JCL Statements

Save Changes to JCL Statements

Undo Save Changes


CA-7 Misc. Commands

Display CA-7 Program Function Keys

Display Jobs to Examine Triggers